40 Years of Esther’s Follies
For our first exhibition of 2018 SouthPop Presents: 40 Years of Esther’s Follies! In partnership with the crew at Esther’s and help from Jesse Sublett’s new retrospective book, we’ll dive into the history of Esther’s from the comedy act at Liberty Lunch featuring some rag-tag UT students, to the mainstay and must-see attraction featuring music, comedy, magic, and oh so much more on 6th street.
From four different homes, a fire, a cast and crew of over 80 actors, musicians, comedians, artists, designers, a magician or two, and more than a few “wardrobe malfunctions”, Esther’s Follies is a microcosm of Austin’s changing zeitgeist. Just as it did in 1977 (and even sooner!) the cabaret has captivated locals and visitors alike with both silly Austin in-jokes and poignant political satire, while incorporating the changing landscape of 6th street. Once a rundown alleyway filled with hookers and Latino dive bars, to a bustling arts and entertainment district.
SouthPop’s exhibition will feature photos and posters from the 40 years of shows, illustrating not only the on-stage antics of characters like Dame Della Diva and Chi Chi LaBamba, but behind the scenes story from Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton who are not only Esther’s parents, but anchors for Austin’s Arts Community.
We will be holding an event to celebrate Esther’s Follies and our exhibit on Sunday, January 14 from 2-6pm. The Uranium Savages will headline and light refreshments will be provided. A $5 donation is suggested, but members are welcome for free. As always during our events there is NO PARKING at SouthPop. Please park on Collier Street.
The exhibition will continue through February during our regular business hours, Thursday – Sunday 1-6pm or by appointment on Wednesdays. Admission to the gallery is always free.
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